At first glance, a rock musical about the devastating toll of mental illness on a contemporary suburban family might seem odd, but Next to Normal
turned out to be one of Broadway's biggest hits. This riveting rock musical won three Tony Awards in 2009 and the Pulitzer Prize for its heartbreaking, humorous and unflinchingly authentic look at a modern family struggling with the effects of bipolar disorder. Each character's journey is punctuated by powerful music scored by Tom Kitt (American Idiot
). Featuring 30 original songs, including "Just Another Day," "You Don't Know" and "Superboy and the Invisible Girl," Next to Normal
is, in the words of The New York Times
, "much more than a feel-good musical; it is a feel-everything musical." Directed by Drury Lane Theatre Artistic Director William Osetek, the show stars Jeff Award nominee Susie McMonagle as Diana (Fantine in Les Miserables
on Broadway and the first National Tours of Billy Elliot
and Mamma Mia!
) and Jeff Award winner Rod Thomas as Dan (Big
at Drury Lane Theatre and Little Shop of Horrors
at Theatre at the Center).
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